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RabbleFroth

February 27, 2015

Patch Notes - 1.6.40

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NEW CHANGES/FEATURES:

  • New Dage the Evil Limited Quantity weapons
    • Caladbolg P/E
    • Zealith Reavers P/E

BALANCE CHANGES:

  • Bot damage
    • Baby/Dark Yeti now deal 150 damage
    • Baby/Dark Yeti Warrior now deal 160 damage
    • Golden Yeti stays at 180 damage
    • All other bots now deal 170 damage
    • Infernal Android will still gain 5% damage per round, but will max out at 125% damage. This keeps the damage roughly on par with previous values.
  • Skill Trees for all classes except for Tech Mages (yours was already awesome!) have been adjusted. Note that skills have not been added to or removed from any class.
  • Atom Smasher
    • Now unblockable
    • Energy cost increased by 30 at all levels
  • Shadow Arts
    • Damage reduction increased by 5% at all levels
  • Venom Strike
    • Energy cost lowered by 10 at all levels
    • Poison damage increased by 10 at all levels
    • Cooldown increased from 2 to 3
  • Toxic Grenade
    • Cooldown increased from 2 to 3

BUGS FIXED:

  • Fixed an issue with the Daily Code Champion Achievement
Bot damage
Baby/Dark Yeti now deal 150 damage
Baby/Dark Yeti Warrior now deal 160 damage
Golden Yeti stays at 180 damage
All other bots now deal 170 damage
Infernal Android will still gain 5% damage per round, but will max out at 125% damage. This keeps the damage roughly on par with previous values.
Skill trees for all classes except for Tech Mages (yours was already awesome!) have been adjusted. Note that skills have not been added to or removed from any class.
Atom Smasher
Now unblockable
Energy cost increased by 30 at all levels
Shadow Arts
Damage reduction increased by 5% at all levels
Venom Strike
Energy cost lowered by 10 at all levels
Poison damage increased by 10 at all levels
Cooldown increased from 2 to 3
Toxic Grenade
Cooldown increased from 2 to 3

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Nightwraith

February 20, 2015

Heartbreaker Saga 2 Part 2

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Return to the Afterlife to complete the second part of the second Heartbreaker saga! The Necronauts Paz and Clemek are more unhinged than ever as their time away from the world of the living has drained their humanity and sanity! Challenge them to a battle of wits and brawn from beyond the grave in this exciting conclusion to this saga!

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This epic update comes with THREE achievements. One for completing the chain, one for beating the boss, and one for completing the super-secret BONUS mission! Well, it's not so secret. It's actually in your mission...nevermind.

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Moar Missions 

This release will also feature brand new missions created by Ranloth! We intended to release them as dailies, but it looks like one of the chains BloodHawk Training slipped into the regular mission category. This will be corrected in the next release, allowing you to complete it again and again!

 

Necrotic Armaments

The Necronauts have been in the Afterlife long enough to develop some interesting hobbies -- weaponcraft, to be specific. Visit Clemek to browse his inventory of Void creations, including the Necronaut Armor!

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Just don't fog up the dome with too much necroplasm. You'll feel all...funky.

 

Necro-Stylin'

Access the style-change interface to try some Necronaut and Endless styles!

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Finally satisfy that need to be a disfigured skull-head man (or woman). What's the hose attached to? Only Paz knows for sure.

 

War Update

You may have noticed this most recent war is lasting an awfully long time. We've noted this. With the War 2.0 system, we built a feature to balance the duration of the war based on the previous war's duration. The last war occured during the holiday season, a time when our activity spikes unusually high. This made the war end very, very quickly, causing the system to say, "HEY! These players need a REAL challenge!" Thus, the next war was adjusted based on those extreme numbers.

Now, we are in a state in which the total points needed to win the war are much too high. The war would go on for months at this rate. Thus, to shorten the duration, we will be reducing the total points needed to win.

No personal scores will be reduced. No one side will receive an artificial advantage.

The positive effects are that participating players will receive their prizes sooner. We will also be able to reach the next war region early Spring rather than early Summer!

 

Balance

We will be performing a substantial and much needed balance update next week. We planned on balance improvements this week, but ultimately, we decided we would need more time to test the proposed changes. We will keep you updated on the proposed changes as they are closer to being locked in.

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Nightwraith

February 13, 2015

Heartbreaker Saga 2 Part 1

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The events of Frozen Fury ripped a hole in space and time, allowing travel into a realm beyond life and death. Journey into the Afterlife to learn more about the mysterious and powerful Necronauts Paz and Clemek. What is their purpose? How are they able to travel between worlds? Are they human or something beyond comprehension? 

You will begin your journey into the great hereafter at a familiar face: Negawraith. 

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He will guide you to investigate some mysterious disturbances around the nearby Guard Outpost ruins. Longtime players will recall in the original Heartbreaker Saga, Administrator 12 was planning a coup to dethrone Alydriah and restore sanity to the Legion. Unfortunately, Administrator 11, Alydriah's brother and weapon of mass destruction, killed Administrator 12 in his office. His smoldering shoes and golden gun remain as a reminder from Alydriah to show what happens to those who would betray her.

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The guards have been hearing noises...voices...that they can't explain. This line of inquiry will lead you to Frysteland to a portal leading to the Afterlife: a realm between life and death and home to billions of souls.

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Aldhagrimm's sacrifice may have prevented The Endless from going rogue and destroying the world, but it also opened a tear to the Afterlife. Inside, you'll find some familiar faces...

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...and some not so familiar faces.

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Complete this first part of the event to earn a new Void Explorer achievement.

 

Gear UP!

A certain familiar NPC in the Afterlife will have a massive inventory of new Heartbreaker/Void gear! Stock on these seasonal rares as they will only be available for a limited time! Check out this comprehensive list of the new items available!

  • Valentine's Sword P/E
  • Metallic Heart Blades P/E
  • Metallic Heart Maul P/E
  • Metallic Heart Staff P/E
  • Valentine's Saber P/E
  • Heartbeat Sword P/E
  • Heartbeat Blades P/E
  • Heartbeat Mace P/E 
  • Heartbeat Staff P/E

 

Endless Armor

For those who have access to the coveted The Endless shop, the color custom version of The Endless Armor has arrived!

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This version have no cores preinstalled so you can completely customize it to your liking.

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You can even make it completely pink...if that's your thing. I'm not here to judge.

 

Lucky Friday the 13th!

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Collect the Friday the 13th achievement available in the achievement shop for a limited time!


We hope you all enjoy this epic release which should go live shortly. This release is PACKED with content created by our talented guest team, with content from 2046808, Goony, Tomcat, Bidoof, Vultex, Overlord Drekon, and SarpDV! Join us next week as we continue the saga with more mission content from Ranloth (Trans) and OWA! Enjoy your weekend and Duel On!

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Nightwraith

January 30, 2015

Heartbreaker Saga 2 Pregame

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The coveted Heartbreaker/Azrael items have returned once again! Visit the Alydroid in Fortune City to explore its shop of sensational seasonal rares, available NOW!

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These are some of my favorite items in all of EpicDuel so I'm always excited to see them return. They also happen to possess some of the most powerful cores to entice those who value power over aesthetics.

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Remember, these are seasonal rares with some being limited quantity. They will leave so be sure to stock up while you can! However, these aren't the only seasonal content coming to EpicDuel. In fact, we're in the process of planning the next major event...

 

Heartbreaker Saga 2: Electric Boogaloo

Prepare for this new epic event launching Friday, February 13!

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This event will take place in the mysterious realm between life and death known as the Void. Many of Delta V's cititzens were banished here by Baelius in a desperate attempt to crush the uprising decades ago.

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This realm is vast so although it is home to countless beings, they are very distant from each other making this a very lonely, but awe-inspiring, place.

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Some happen into the Void through technology, some through death, but escaping is a complicated matter. Those who were born into the Void view the incursion of humans as a nuisance at best and a plague at worst. Humans are unique in their curiously and desire to understand and manipulate the Void to their will. Void Creatures want seek to maintain balance in this realm lest it become infected by outsiders. Some are friendlier than others, but their loyalties are always to the Void above all else. 

Join us for this exciting event as we reveal the mysterious of the Void and it's inhabitants...some of whom may be familiar to you.

 

"The Big Game" Returns!

Are you ready...FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

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For those of you international players, we're refering to American Football or Hand Soccer as it's otherwise known. This Sunday the SeaMonsters will do battle with the Patreons...as far as I recall. I'm bad at sports talk. Anyway, I'm sure the commercials will be expensive!

Celebrate this event with the "Big Game" achievement available NOW in the achievement shop.

 

The War Wages On!

There is another battle raging this weekend: the battle for The Barrens Outpost! 

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After a strong start, the Legion forces gave way to the persistent Exiles. There's still plenty of time for that to change as every war tends to surprise with its final outcome.

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It's still too early to call and there's a lot more dueling to do so don't give up! For Order! For Freedom! Duel On!

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Titan

January 26, 2015

New EpicDuel Servers

Greatings EpicDuelists!

Did you know last week that EpicDuel upgraded several of the servers that run the game? If you're not familiar, a server is a computer that hosts the game and makes it available to players all around the world. Just like your technology and computers at home, servers become outdated. The new EpicDuel servers have significantly faster processors and more memory than the old ones. 

For you, this upgrade will mean less server-lag and better in game performance. You probably didn't know that in addition to the servers you see on the EpicDuel server-select screen, there are other important computers that keep the game running. These include our webserver which hosts the EpicDuel website and our database servers which store all of your player data and account related information. 

Last week we actually moved several of the servers to new machines and you probably didn't even notice. While this move has been mostly transparent so far, there are several things going on behind the scenes technically that require our full focus.

This week, we're going to be moving two of our database servers to new computers. Because we want to ensure all player data is safe during this transition, we're going to bring the game offline each time. We intend to bring the game down once on Monday in the later afternoon EST for about an hour, and again early in the morning on Tuesday EST for up to 3 hours.  Later in the week. Watch our twitters for the most recent update!

If all goes well, we'll have the game back online faster than that, but we want to allow plenty of time to make sure everything is perfect when you login. These upgrades will help with better performance, improved security, and should ultimately provide a better gaming experience for ED players.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we finish up this transition!

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Nightwraith

January 16, 2015

EPIC MMO EVENT BARRENS WAR

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After a long holiday truce between Legion and Exile forces, war resumes on Delta V. The war for the fate of the Barrens Outpost begins today! The Legion will battle to defend the powerful Barrens Turret Array while the Exile will attempt to undermine their control through hacking terminals.

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Hacking terminals are already scattered throughout the Barrens Outpost. Set your starting location for quick access to these crucial war points.

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The prize at stake is the Barrens Turret Array. Access the Control Panel, control the Barrens. Those who faught against Dravax and the Dragonoid remember the potency of these mighty guns. If they can wound an interdimensional dragon they'll have no problem turning an armada into scrap. 

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Win PvP battles to earn war drops and boost the score of your alignment! The Legion took the last region; can they continue their winning streak or will the Exiles emerge triumphant?

Remember that this is also an opportunity to earn Barrens Outpost influence to build up your regional achievement! Let's see some red stars!

 

New Year's Loot

Guest artist Bidoof has crafted a timely set of New Year's gear available at Torgan in Frysteland!

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What time is it? Time to DUEL!

One again, we prepare for war. Good luck and good dueling!

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Nightwraith

January 09, 2015

EPIC MMO EVENT: Gift Codes 2015

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It's a new year and we're already rushing out the gate with new features! The first is a new, reimagined gifting system! Rather than rehash the existing gift system, we've combined the excitement of giving gifts with the awesome power of PRIZE CODES!

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With this new feature, accessible from the Varium shop, you will be able to create your very own prize code! 

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Choose your code, choose your prize time, choose your quantity, and share the code in game and on social networks! All your generated codes, including the number of redemptions remaining will be stored within this interface for quick reference.

NOTE: I should hope it goes without saying, but using inappropriate language in your codes will result in moderator action. 

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Pit your generosity against your fellow Duelists with competative daily and all-time leaderboards. These boards will track the number of code redemptions so you'll need to be craft to organize your buddies, fans, and followers to claim as many codes as possible. You'll also be rewarded with daily and all-time achievements!

 

Fame 2015

For the longest time, the Fame system in EpicDuel was completely external from the game client. This made the system vulnerable to exploits and very difficult to manage. Now, we've finally incorporated fame into the game client which will allow you to fame your friends and foes in and out of battle!

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Click your friend, and click the arrow! Easy!

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After you receive fame, you will receive a toast informing you that you were famed by another player. Be sure to fame them back and say, "Thanks!" Please don't beg for fame, though, as you can be reported for griefing/spamming. Please fame responsibly.

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With this long-awaited revamp, we hope that this feature can become a more fair and engaging part of EpicDuel. 

 

New Daily Missions

Guest Writer Trans has crafted several new daily mission chains! Sharpen your blades and load your bazookas as you come to the aid of the denizens of Delta V for great rewards! Be sure to check the Daily Missions tab to see the currently available mission.

 

New Year, New Loot

Visit The Endless' shop in Frysteland (assuming you've already unlocked it) to pick up some new seasonal, limited rares designed by Reki, T0mcat, and Revontheus!

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If you've already got swords aplenty, then decorate your home with new interactive bobble heads based on your favorite EpicDuel NPCs!

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Here's to a grand new year of sharing and dueling in EpicDuel! 

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Charfade

January 06, 2015

EpicDuels Frozen Fury House Decorating Contest 2014 Winners

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Hi EpicDuelists!

First of all, I want to extend my appreciation and thanks to everyone who participated in the EpicDuel House Frozen Fury Decorating Contest 2014! I want to thank our judges who took their time this weekend to vote, and a special thank you to Mecha Mario and Trans for leading and moderating. We had a tremendous response to this contest; of over 200 submissions, we had to narrow down to just 25 winners.

Our judges went through each and every entry, spanning the AE Forums, Reddit and Twitter. They judged based on the most creative home decor designs. While houses didn’t have to have a winter theme per se, they did need to have some sort of winter house item involved. We looked for color schemes, patterns, function and overall creative effort put into the house design.

Ultimately we could only chose 25 winners to receive this awesome Winter-themed achievement:


And Winter-themed House Item Trophy:


Without further ado, here are your winners!

r00tb3ar 73

ConQrR

Gx.

..N0Thing..

A L E S S I O

iCassidy

Bambi47

Sr. Luciano

DARIUS199

.Darkness Lord.

R A Y

Alien Fundador

Master Mako

The New Caden

Just An Asian

alpha Q

.Dey100.

kira of emerald

Santa ClawZz

LIETUVIS4

angelbeats

Sr.jaspion

SMGS

T W E E T Y

Buffy


We ask winners of the contest to please not change your house ( other than maybe adding your trophy ) for the remainder of January, so that visitors may see your epic house creation! Also as a heads up, it may take a day or so before you receive your achievement and trophy because we need to add it manually onto your characters.

Once again we thank our EpicDuel players, and we hope to see you in the next contest!


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Nightwraith

December 31, 2014

Epic New Year: Duel On to 2015!

New Year Power Weekend

Where did the time go? It seems like 2014 just started but now be must bid adieu to another passing year. We don't want the celebration and fanfare of Frozen Fury to end just yet so we are celebrating 2015 by starting with a 4-day Power Weekend (starts midnight EST). Get Double XP and Credits from Thursday to Sunday night.

Ring in the New Year with some epic duels in EpicDuel...as long as you're not too sore from unwrapping all those gifts sitting in your mailbox!

Open please!

Your gifts won't get better if you wait to open them. In fact, they'll expire 60 days after you receive them. There's not reason to hoard them so why wait? There's not even any gift wrapping to dispose or impossible-to-open plastic cases to rip through!

 

27 Day of Gifting Ends

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All good things must end. The 27 Days of Giving is reaching it's frenzied conclusion as I type this. You have been more generous than we ever expected. The excitement around this feature was so great that we established a trending topic on Twitter! One midnight strikes and the event ends, the grandest prizes will finally unwrap.

*Leaderboard standings as of 1:10PM EST

The top 10 gifters will receive the Gold Polar Bear mutation. The top gifter will receive Titan's Ultra Rare Alpha Gear. We are not re-releasing Alpha or creating a new version of it. Titan is literally removing the items from himself to bestow on the most generous player in EpicDuel as only a bacon-craving demigod can.

Note to winners: All the awards will be given manually so it may take some time to get everything sorted. Please allow us some time add the awards to your character! 

We are sad to see the gifting end, and the popularity of this feature is not lost on us. We hope to find a way to introduce a permanent, streamlined version of this feature in 2015. 

 

New Year's Loot

On Friday, we will be introducing new weapons, armors, styles, and home items to ring in the New Year! How does a mutating, color custom version of The Endless Armor sound? Sound tasty? You bet!

 

Thank you for letting us create this game for you for another year. This game would not be possible without our dedicated support team, including guest artists, writers, moderators, testers, and AKs. EpicDuel would absolutely not exist without our players, dueling tirelessly and exceeding our expectations. Thank you all! We hope this upcoming year is even more epic than the last!

Here's to a bold new year of EpicDuel! Duel On to 2015!

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Nightwraith

December 18, 2014

Frozen Fury Part 3: With a Vengeance!

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The greatest event to ever grace this humble PvP MMO is about to reach its thrilling climax in the 3rd and grandest part of this epic saga. Challenge the Endless to unlock the secrets of the Void and battle for the hearts and minds of Frysteland's citizens. Also, visit Torgan in Frysteland to learn the true meaning of the season (as it is on Delta V) and the story of Titanfraggr!

Conquer the Void

This event was crafted with love and care by Cinderella, Trans, and One Winged Angel (OWA). We hope you are pleased with the outcome as a fitting resolution to this war-ravaged region.

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As a reward for completing this saga, you will receive 2 new achievements as memories of your service in bringing some semblance balance to the region.

 

Endless Power
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Visit The Endless to unravel the mysteries of the Void and master its power. Complete this immortal being's task and you will be incredibly rewarded with a powerful new armor and 2 unstoppable new cores: Eternal Enhance and Eternal Protection! 

Assemble The Endless

You can gain these cores by collecting Void Shards through gift giving. Every gift given is a chance for a shard. Remember, if you are lucky enough to give the shard as a gift, everyone is the room, including yourself, receive the shard. These shards can be purchased at Aldahagrimm for credits.

Eternal Enhance

The other component required to assemble The Endless' Armor is the Endless Spirit, which must be either won in the Frozen Fury Arcade or purchased from Aldahagrimm.

 

Endless Arcade
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Cash in some hard-earned Arcade Tokens on the new Frozen Fury Arcade game. Win an amazing assortment of wintery prizes, including Assassin Order and Shadow Abyss' Harnessed Yeti Set!
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As always, this new Arcade offers 5 new achievements and a new leaderboard! Also, the Endless Spirit will be available as a Gold Tier prize as a component to forge The Endless' armor and unlock his shop!

 

Endless Achievements

Upgrade your cuisine!
Had your fill of burgers last week? How about more exotic cuisine? Grab the new upgradeable Sushi badge to earn piles of rating points. There are so many new achievements that we've enabled the next tier of epic swag: Red Stars! Will you be the first?

 

Endless Styles
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We're pleased to introduce 72 bizarre new styles created by Guest Artist Vorzathiel. Ever wanted to look like a festive, psychotic alien? Now is your chance!

 

Cryo Craft

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Ever wanted to hover over the masses of Delta V and rain down fire from above? Now you can! Stop by Torgan to purchase two new Cryo Crafts (crafted with care by the crafty craftsman Vorzathiel). These vehicles are unique in that they have a /fire command that allow owners to lauch lasers and bombs upon those down below!

 

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We're pleased to introduce 72 bizarre new styles created by Guest Artist Vorzathiel. Ever wanted to look like a festive, psychotic alien? Now is your chance!

 

Endless Giving
27 Days of Giving Continues!
Our 27 Days of Giving continues. Login every day to unwrap your packages and give gifts to your friends (and enemies)! Because your generosity has far, FAR exceeded our expectations, we've added 3 new tiers to the Gifter achievement.
For those sitting on huge stacks of prizes: Remember, you have 60 days to open your gifts. They won't evolve into anything cool over time so there's no reason to wait. After 60 days, they'll disappear forever.

 

Welcome Our New Moderators!
Not to be lost in the holiday shuffle, we're pleased to introduce 3 new defenders of order and justice in EpicDuel: OccavatraSparhawk, and Lafbael! Say "hi" if you see them in game and thank them for helping to keep EpicDuel a safe, fun, and secure place for everyone!

 

Play our New Mobile Game, AQ: DRAGONS!

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How do you train your dragon? Raise 12 dragons in our new free game. AQ: DRAGONS is available on Google Play and iOS; coming soon to web! GET IT HERE, DRAGON MASTER!

AdventureQuest Dragons climbing the list!

AdventureQuest dragons is climbing the list fast! Thanks so much for helping to make our latest game a success! With your help, we can get this game up to #1!

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